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Fionnuala Doran

01642 738038
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Comics, Graphic Novels & Sequential Arts
School of Computing, Media & the Arts
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Computing, Media & the Arts research

About Fionnuala Doran

Fionnuala Doran

Fionnuala Doran
Senior Lecturer in Comics, Graphic Novels & Sequential Arts, School of Computing, Media & the Arts
T: 01642 738038
Research: Computing, Media & the Arts research

Fionnuala Doran is an Irish artist, living and working between Scotland and England. She graduated with an MA in Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art in 2015 and is senior lecturer at Teesside University‘s newly launched BA in Comics, Graphic Novels and Sequential Art. Winner of the 2014 Comics Unmasked competition at the British Library, she has worked between fine art and comics, acting as a director of Catalyst Arts, Belfast’s foremost artist-led gallery, and as co-editor of Modern Times, Britain’s first magazine of graphic journalism since the 19th Century. She has participated in residencies with the Banff Centre, Canada, the European Exchange Academy, Turkey and the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida. She came down with a bad case of comic-fever in 1990 and has never recovered.

Her first graphic novel, The Trial of Roger Casement, chronicling the contested life of Irish rebel, revolutionary and gay icon, Sir Roger Casement, is released September 2016 by Self Made Hero.
Irish Echo- 'Casement's Road to Banna Strand', 28/09/2016.
Fionnuala Doran and Marcel Ruijters at the Edinburgh Book Festival-Graphic Biographies, 28/09/2016. 
Naughton Gallery’s Art in the AM, Naughton Gallery, Belfast, 29/07/2016
Morning Star- 'It's my Passion Project', 19/09/2016
Irish News- 'The Graphic Tale of Irish Revolutionary Roger Casement', 11/08/2016
Irish Examiner- A New Graphic Novel Tells The Tale of the Trial of Roger Casement', 14/10/2016
REVIEW: The Trial of Roger Casement- A Place To Hang Your Cape, 30/09/2016.
Trial of Roger Casement, Starburst magazine
The Trial of Roger Casement Graphic novel review- Front Row Reviews, 28/08/2016
Two successful bios of very different men: review of the Trial of Roger Casement at Comics Beat, 18/10/2016

Research interests

Doran is interested in the interplay between fact and fiction, and the way in which this can be manipulated through the graphic novel form. She is also interested in the participation of women as comic creators and readers, their representation among the major English-language publishers and the sociological research into gender in the creative industries.


The Trial of Roger Casement - published September 2016 by Self Made Hero.

View Fionnuala Doran's Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • `It's my passion project'
    Morning Star 19.09.16
    Teesside University Senior Lecturer Fionnuala Doran tells Michal Boncza what inspired her graphic novel about the Irish radical activist Roger Casement "A 21STCENTURY man trapped in a pre-modern world

  • Graphic novel celebrates life of Irish revolutionary
    North East Connected (web) 3.08.16:Love Middlesbrough(web) 03.08.16: |Lurgan Mail, 04.08.16; Northern Echo web, 08/08/2016; Northern Echo, 09/08/2016; Irish News, 11/08/2016
    Fionnuala Doran lecturer of BA (Hons) Comics, Graphic Novels and Sequential Art offered by the University's School of Arts & Media. has released a graphic novel about a famed Irish revolutionary.

  • Tees Valley puts forward ambitious programme of involved investment
    Love Middlesbrough, 04/08/2016
    Fionnuala Doran has released a graphic novel about a famed Irish revolutionary to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.